Analyst Favorites: Gibraltar Industries Ranks As a Top Metals Pick

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A study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages shows that Gibraltar Industries Inc (Symbol: ROCK) is the #3 broker analyst pick, on average, out of the 50 stocks making up the Metals Channel Global Mining Titans Index , according to Metals Channel . The Metals Channel Global Mining Titans Index is comprised of the top fifty global leaders from the metals and mining sector. The companies listed in the Metals Channel Global Mining Titans Index are not fixed, but instead variable - updating on a continuous basis to reflect the changing market environment with respect to commodity prices, government policy and market volatility.

From the other direction, when companies have a low rank among analysts, it isn't necessarily the case that investors should conclude that the stock will perform poorly. It can, of course, but a bullish investor could also take the contrarian angle and read into the data that there is lots of room for upside because the stock is so out of favor.

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, ROCK makes up 1.47% of the Steel ETF ( SLX ) which is trading up by about 0.3% on the day Thursday.

ROCK operates in the Construction Materials & Machinery sector, among companies like CRH plc ( CRH ) which is off about 1.6% today, and James Hardie Industries plc ( JHX ) trading lower by about 2.1%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of ROCK, versus CRH and JHX.

ROCK,CRH,JHX Relative Performance Chart

ROCK is currently trading trading flat midday Thursday.

Analyst Favorites of the Metals Channel Global Mining Titans Index »

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Commodities
Referenced Symbols: SLX , CRH , JHX , ROCK

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